Providence Spring Elementary School is a state-of-the-art facility housing 38 classrooms, ample auxiliary space for small group instruction, and a spacious media center equipped for research, instruction, television production, and desktop publishing. All of our kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms, our art room, music room, resource room, enrichment lab and computer lab are outfitted with SMART Boards. We have over 170 iPads for classroom use. Our PTA purchased 150 Chromebooks for student use and the district provided Chromebooks for all fifth graders. This allows for 21st century instruction throughout our building.
Providence Spring employs the Paideia principles of teaching and learning. Paideia is not only a philosophy, it is also the use of powerful instructional strategies to teach challenging and rigorous content. Providence Spring has been named a demonstration site by the National Paideia Center and has six faculty members that have been named to the National Faculty.
Classrooms for lower grades, a computer lab with advanced capabilities, an art room with a kiln, and spaces for a variety of music and performing arts programs highlight the ground floor of the school. The upper level of the school houses our upper grade classrooms, areas for tutoring and Talent Development, and spaces for project design and small group instruction. Over time, a beautiful Outdoor Classroom has been established, which allows for experiential learning in the out of doors. The school is in the heart of growing southeast Charlotte on 23 acres off Providence Church Lane. The spaciousness of the campus, the quiet of the site, and the school's close proximity to the historic Providence Presbyterian Church complex blends the best of old and new in a beautiful school setting.
Boys and girls are provided with a number of opportunities to pursue personal interests and develop their leadership skills. These activities include participation in safety patrol, Math Olympiad, Battle of the Books, Girls on the Run, Xcel 2 Fitness, Chess Club, Mystery Class, Quiz Bowl, and Science Olympiad. Students also produce and present WeROCK, a weekly in-house television news program. Academic excellence is recognized in student Honor Roll celebrations.
Parents sponsor art appreciation classes, which provide students with an understanding of the important role art plays in daily life.
Goal setting and monitoring one's own academic performance is stressed in the upper grades. In grades 3 - 5 each student is responsible for preparing and presenting a portfolio of individual work following the teacher's criteria. Student-led conferencing allows parents to understand their child's progress in academic studies.
Providence Spring Elementary is committed to developing the scholars of today and the leaders of tomorrow.